The sequel to my Denim Dilemma post. I am finally sharing my suggestions after a few months of trial and error!

The solution

If you read my first post, you know I finally hit my breaking point, and started doing denim research… What my past jeans were made of, what brands offer the highest quality, what kinds of promotions does each company offer, and so on. Once I got suggestions from. you lovely readers and followers, I created the graphic you saw in my last post. I took those suggestions into consideration, and started going to physically try jeans on.

Very excited to share that my new favorite denim, and my personal recommendation, is:

Everlane

It took three orders to finally find styles and pairs that fit, but it was beyond worth it. I believe they only have stores on the east and west coasts, so try-ons were impossible without shipping. Their prices are lower than my second favorite denim (Madewell), and comparable, in my opinion, to other higher-quality brands.

They don’t slip down at the waist, they sell ankle length as well as regular and tall, and have so many options for all shapes and sizes without being overwhelming. They also have a “curvy”option if you are gifted with the hourglass hips!

Everlane denim is not just for you ladies either, my husband LOVES their men’s denim. He bought some “final sale” pairs for around $30, and ended up ordering a few more during their last $50 promotion.

Everlane occasionally offers promotions, but not often, so take advantage of a deal when you see one! I would highly recommend them, sale or no sale.


My second overall choice is:

Madewell

I thought Madewell’s jeans were going to be my top pick, but they’re the runner-up. Here’s why:

  • Madewell sells petite for shorter/smaller builds, regular for average builds, and tall jeans for, duh, tall builds. My legs may be short, but my build is not petite.
  • Too many options. When trying on jeans, each style had different washes, materials, and features, and it was difficult to keep track of the sizes that fit best for each style.
  • Materials vary, and you have to pay very close attention to what you purchase for the “perfect fit”.
  • Unless they’re running a promotion, they’re generally more expensive.

I do have three pairs of Madewell jeans now, and I love them. It just takes a little more patience to find a favorite fit/style.

They’re worth the investment because you’re not going to see them stretch out throughout the day, so you’re just going to feel better vs. the trial and error of other brands… There’s no good way around it rather than just going for it.

Ilyssa Herrington

Regardless of what you decide to try, it may take some time to get it right. It can also get expensive to flip your denim, so don’t be afraid to take it one pair, one brand, one style at a time.

Since each style and wash fits differently, I encourage you to either 1) order multiple pairs and return what doesn’t work, or 2) find a store and try them on. Trying on clothes is such a pain, but in the long run it’s totally worth it.

Some places you can look for Madewell outside of their locations are Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, and Shopbop. Unfortunately, Everlane is only sold at Everlane.

If you shop in-store, Madewell offers a program called Blue Jeans Go Green where you can bring in an old pair of jeans (from any brand, in any condition), and get $20 off your full-price jean purchase. Read more about their give-back program here.

Madewell also offers free, in-store tailoring on all of their jeans.


My third suggestion is Free People’s, We the Free denim. On the day I bought my first pair of Madewell, I made an impulse buy of Free People denim because they had my size in the wash/cut I had been looking for. It was also a highly recommended brand, so I gave it a shot, and would say they were worth it.

Places you can purchase We the Free denim are Macy’s, Free People, Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, Dillard’s, Revolve, and more!


If you’re ever looking for less expensive pieces from these brands, check TJ Maxx, Ross, Poshmark, and other second hand stores. You can also read more about Madewell vs Everlane in this blog here.


To recap… My all time, new favorite denim is from Everlane. Specifically their Authentic Stretch Skinny Jeans, and the 90s Cheeky Straight Jeans. Second place goes to Madewell. Quality choice with MANY options for ALL styles. Finally, specifically for their washed black style, Free People denim. If you’re looking for more information, inspiration, or details of any kind. Feel free to reach out in the comments, or send me an email.

Carpe…denim!

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